Ted Kennedy fostered the cynicism that brought down Richard Nixon

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Post-Gazette executive editor David M. Shribman, in his Aug. 3 commentary “The Legacy of Richard Nixon: He Shall Live in Infamy,” credited Mr. Nixon with a legacy of enduring cynicism toward politicians. He blamed the wrong politician.

Most baby boomers remember July 18-19, 1969. Ted Kennedy had a fatal automobile accident at the Chappaquiddick bridge. Mary Jo Kopechne, a young aide, was a passenger in his car. She died in the crash. He left the scene of the accident and showed up hours later at the police station to make a statement with a lawyer beside him. He was given a slap on the wrist.

He was the only Kennedy brother not to be seriously considered for president. People never forgot Chappaquiddick or Ted Kennedy’s shameful conduct. He created the cynicism that later brought down Richard Nixon.


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